going at it alone
So you run your own design business (or have plans to)! It's great being your own boss, right?! There's just one problem... you're your own boss. There's no creative director to seek feedback from before sending proofs to clients, you don't have anyone keeping you accountable, brainstorming is a solo act, and all decisions fall on you.
You're wearing #allthehats and are juggling between marketer, designer, salesman, customer service rep, project manager, owner... whoa, that's a lot to handle for just one person!
Illiah Manger, C&V
Creative Director & Modern Rebrander
With 14 years of design experience, Illiah Manger is a brand designer and mompreneur who helps daring business owners and creatives craft brands that open doors. She is both an INFJ AND an INFP, often combining imagination and creativity with a strong sense of compassion... And her lipstick collection rivals the Bite Lipstick display at Sephora.
Illiah co-founded Elevate & Cultivate with her design BFF, Lauren Black, creator of Bosscation, so that designers could strengthen their skills, get feedback on their work and make friendships stronger than Gotham Ultra.
Rachel (Davis) Etheredge
Brand Hacker. Connector. Strategy Geek.
Rachel is a self-proclaimed communications nerd and brand hacker. She strives to provide unique twists on traditional branding by mixing in new techniques that use actionable tactics based in design thinking, creative problem solving, and just plain geeky madness.
Living by her truths of collaboration and encouragement, Rachel says, “I believe in building communities, sharing your story, and supporting others in and beyond your field.”
Cathy Olson, Love Inspired
Founder & Queen Bee Designer + Coder
Cathy has been beautifying brands and designing experiences of digital delight for over 18 years, working with multi-million dollar brands like Costco, Best Buy and Disney. Now the founder of Love Inspired, a High-end Custom Brand + Web Design Studio, she helps flourishing creatives package their expertise in a way that excites eyes, hugs hearts, and cues cha-chings.
When Cathy’s not innovating for talented clients, she shares her multifaceted expertise through her online programs or her community the Secret Society for Gorgeous Design. She has a passion for putting the fun in functional, the purpose in pretty, and the meaning in details. Her heart’s mission: To help talented creatives feel proud to share their ideas and passions with others,
and inspired to stretch their businesses to new heights.